Tecno is kicking off its Mobile World Congress debut in style with the introduction of its new Chameleon Coloring technology. When embedded in a device like the back of a smartphone, it can produce a wide variety of color patterns at the touch of a button.
Chameleon staining technology is a full spectrum electrical driver prism staining technology, using a grid of sub-micron prism material that changes direction when an electric field is applied. By precisely controlling the direction of the prism, the material can refract light into multiple different wavelengths, giving the appearance of a wide range of iridescent colors.
To be clear, the material is not a shade and does not produce any light. Instead, it reflects light from its surface, coloring it in the process.The arrangement of the sub-micron prism can be manually controlled via the device software, allowing you to manually choose from a total of 1600 different colors or potentially change automatically based on battery status, music or notifications. This can be done up to 2 million times, making it quite durable even with multiple changes over the course of a day.
The material can change color in 0.03 seconds. It also has negligible power consumption, with 100 changes over the course of a day requiring as much power as watching a 5-minute video.
Tecno is no stranger to back color changes. Last year, the company released the Techno Camon 19 Pro Mondrian Edition, which used poly-chromatic photo-isomer technology for the rear panel that changed color when exposed to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight.
While the new Chameleon Coloring Technology doesn’t have a home in a planned device yet, it’s likely that we’ll see a smartphone from the company that incorporates the technology sooner rather than later.